ELKTON, Md. — She heard the gunshots, just as she claims to have heard them on other occasions from the parking lot of the West Creek Shoppes in Elkton, and a woman who does not wish to be identified says “The Wood”, a nearby bar and restaurant, has become a nightly draw for crowds that flow outside even during the pandemic.
“You can hear it. It’s echoing,” said the woman. “Just like you can hear the trucks coming. You can hear it. It’s literally right behind here, but they’re out here all night long.”
Cecil County sheriff’s deputies checked out a report of shots fired in the lot near the bar and found nothing, but gun casings on the ground.
“At that time, the Elkton Police Department responded to Union Hospital in the town of Elkton where they were able to locate a victim and two individuals who had accompanied the victim to the hospital,” said Lt. Michael Holmes of the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.
29-year-old Shane Sisco, a Georgia man with ties to Cecil and Kent counties, died later from his gunshot wounds.
For its part, The Wood bar and restaurant is distancing itself from the violence.
Owner George Kelley says the bar had already closed, and he doesn’t believe the people involved had even been in his place that night.
“After we heard the shots, you know, after a minute. We didn’t hear anything for a minute, then we went outside to look, to see what’s going on,” said Kelley. “It was down in this area down here. So it’s kind of like, those are the people that aren’t our patrons, because all of our patrons had pretty much left. They were going to their cars over here.”
Whether raucous crowds are overflowing from the bar or just turning the shopping center parking lot into their own party spot, people who live in the area say the murder underscores the danger posed by the unruly crowds.
“Right now, that’s the only thing we can do is just stay in the house, because no one really cares,” said the woman who lives within earshot of the shopping center. “Because if they cared, they would shut it down and have them have not that many people there, and they come out here and fill up this parking lot and that parking lot.”
If you have any information about the shooting here, you can call Detective Donald Lidy at 410-392-2125.